7.01.2015

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Cups

Did you ever see the movie Mermaids?  You know, the one with Cher.  Probably not the best movie ever, but do you know what stuck out to me?  One of the lines that Winona Ryder says about her mom, Cher.  "A word about Mrs. Flax and food: the word is "hors d'oeurves". Fun Finger Foods is her main source book and it's all the woman cooks."

I absolutely loved that she made everything into a finger food!  I secretly wish I could do that and get away with it with my family!  I love anything mini or what is considered party food.  I love it even more when I can take an every day dinner and turn it into finger food and have it be a wow factor when it comes to eating it!  
 These Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Cups looks soooo good!  Topped with avocado and cilantro.  Super easy to make too!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

6.29.2015

How To Peel Peaches Perfectly (with a Video!)

When my local grocery store had peaches on sale for $.48 lb I knew I had to have some.  I bought a bag full with intentions of making some peach crisp and saving some to flash freeze for our summer smoothies. 
The peaches I bought weren't as sweet as the ones I had bought a few weeks ago, but ripe enough for what I had planned for them.  When picking peaches you want them to have a little give when you gently squeeze them.  Of course, look for any blemishes and holes where bugs or birds have taken a bite. 
Use this super simple method to peel peaches perfectly!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

6.23.2015

Family Reunion Bingo Game

I get the most emails and comments asking me about one thing.  How did I create my Family Reunion Bingo Cards (found way back here!)?
The answer is I totally convinced my husband it would be a great idea for him to figure it out in Photoshop!  Hahaha!  He did a great job, but it took him a long time to do.  It was 4 years ago and to give you a tutorial on that would be too long and boring!  I probably wouldn't even understand it myself.  If you do know someone who's great at it, by all means, bake them some cookies as a bribe!
 

6.22.2015

Southwestern Chicken Black Bean and Lentil Salad

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If you were to take a look at my recipes lately, you would think my family is on a pure sugar diet!  I just happen to really like to bake and 90% of the time give half of the baked goods away to friends and neighbors.  Do we only eat unhealthy foods?  Of course not!  It's actually been my goal for a while to try to incorporate more healthy foods into every meal.
A dinner idea that can be made in 7 minutes?!  Yes please!!!  Southwestern Chicken Salad with extra protein tastes great and is extra healthy!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

6.19.2015

4th of July Candy Garland Tutorial

I am not exactly sure that I can classify this as a tutorial, but more of how I did it kind of post.
This was one of those ideas I got out of no where as I was wrangling my kiddos at the grocery store.

During the summer, grocery stores usually pull out their display for bulk salt water taffy.  It's one of the things I look forward to every year!  It reminds me of being a little kid and traveling to Utah every summer to play with cousins and family.  I think it really should be the official candy of summer!

6.18.2015

Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Bars

I love to make cookies!  I know. Surprise, surprise.  Lately, I've tried to be a little more patient and fun and have the kids help me make them.  I guess you could say I have control issues when it comes to the kitchen.  Should I even admit that?  Oh well.  I just do.

My oldest son especially loves to help me.  It's because he's old enough to know that when you are in the kitchen helping, you get to lick the spoon or beaters!  I've taught him well.  However, because he is a kid, his attention span usually doesn't last through all of the baking process.  Especially when it comes to sugar cookies.  Expecting him to stay there and roll and cut out every last cookie is ridiculous.  And then there is the mess of it all.  That's just one of the things I love about these Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Bars.  They bake in a pan.  All. At. Once.  And taste just as fabulous as your roll and cut out sugar cookies.
Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Bars!!!  All in when it comes to anything with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles!  These bars taste as great as regular sugar cookies, but only take half the time with no messy clean up.  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

6.16.2015

Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes I run out of chocolate chips.  Let's just say that I have an internal meltdown and try not to let it bother me.  I buy a lot of chocolate chips. 

I like to have them on hand just in case I feel the urge to bake some seriously fantastic chocolate chip cookies.  They are a favorite around here for 4 out of 5 family members.  The lone treat eater is more of a brownie guy.  They are also nice to have around when I feel like there is someone who needs a cookie pick me up. 

My second favorite cookie to make are the best ever Snickerdoodles.  Duh.  Then there is the issue of running out of cream of tartar!  Why do they make that little bottle so little?

I always have peanut butter on hand.  When we were first married, my husband let me know it was a must in the pantry and I've never let him down! 
I want these Peanut Butter Cookies!  The recipes is super easy!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

6.15.2015

Mini Ham and Vegetable Quiche

My husband, Ian, has switched up his work schedule twice a month and goes into a different office to check in on the staff to make sure things are running smoothly.  There is a new employee who happens to have free range chickens on his property and brings in any left over eggs he and his wife don't use.  I guess there are so many that the rest of the office are kind of sick on them.  Ian perked up when he heard this and told him he'd love to take any extras.  One, one of his favorite foods are eggs and two, I use eggs all the time in baking.  Maybe too much! 

Every two weeks we get 36 gorgeous brown or blue-ish eggs.  Cooking them on their own...WOW!   They are extra creamy and so vibrant in color!  Everything I make with them seem to just taste better!  It's probably in my mind, but I don't care.  I'm sure grateful to be the recipient!  I was extra excited to make these mini (and crust-less) quiche with them.
These Mini Ham and Vegetable Quiche are crustless and super easy to make!  The recipe has simple ingredients and is perfect for breakfast or brunch!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com